Turnovers cost BLHS boys vs. SM South
For most of the second half, the Basehor-Linwood boys went toe-to-toe with one of the state's elite programs. The Bobcats battled reigning Class 5A state Shawnee Mission South, forcing several defensive stops and scoring at the other end of the floor.
Unfortunately, though, a sluggish stop made for a hill too steep to climb.
Turnovers plagued the BLHS boys early and often in a 69-58 loss to the Raiders on Tuesday. The Bobcats cut a 22-point deficit to nine late in the second half, but didn't have enough time to complete the comeback attempt. With the loss, they fell to 1-1. They opened the season Friday with a 77-29 win at Bishop Ward.
South, now a 6A school, raced out to a 19-9 lead late in the first quarter, but Chase Younger drilled a 3-pointer to cut the lead to seven at the end of the period. The Raiders took over in the second, capitalizing on several offensive miscues by BLHS. A stretch of four turnovers in five possessions allowed South to take a 15-point lead in the final minutes of the half, and the Raiders extended their advantage to 17 at the break, 40-23.
"We didn't even run our press break in the first half," coach Mike McBride said. "We told the kids it looked like we just thought we'd break their press by running faster down the floor, and we were leaving our guy hanging by himself with two people guarding him. The game's not made out of 30-foot passes."
The Raider lead reached 22 midway through the third quarter, but the Bobcats closed the period on an 8-2 run. They continued to chip away in the fourth and got within 10 early in the period, but a three-point play by South's Dainan Swoope killed the scoring run.
Swoope gave BLHS problems all night and finished with a game-high 28 points.
"We didn't really do a whole lot different," McBride said of his squad's second-half performance. "Our defensive intensity just picked up and they may have relaxed a little bit coming out of the third quarter. The frustrating part was, in the fourth quarter when they knew they needed to step it up, Swoope took over again."
Younger and Zach McNabb led the Bobcats with 19 and 11 points, respectively.
BLHS will have two more games before winter break, both against 4A schools. They'll welcome Topeka Hayden to town Friday, then travel Tuesday to rival Bonner Springs.
"We've just got to get better at understanding our roles," McBride said. "With most state championship teams, it's going to come down to a half-court game. You can press all you want, but if you're going to win the state championship, somebody's going to make you play a half-court game."
Friday's game will begin immediately following the girls game, which is set for 5:45 p.m.
Score by quarters
SMS 19 11 12 17 — 69
BLHS 12 11 13 22 — 58
SOUTH: Dainan Swoope 8-15 9-11 28, Devin Newsome 5-11 8-13 18, DeAngelo Bruster 2-6 7-9 11, Ethan Kaplan 4-5 0-0 8, Nick Oliver 1-1 0-0 2, Hunter Ahrens 0-1 2-2 2.
BASEHOR-LINWOOD: Chase Younger 4-17 8-8 19, Zach McNabb 4-7 3-3 13, Tim Sanders 3-5 2-2 8, Jahron McPherson 2-6 2-4 7, JP Downing 2-4 0-0 4, Carson Fliger 1-1 0-0 2, Sean Potter 1-1 0-0 2, Brock Gilliam 1-1 0-0 2, Joe Gorman 0-1 1-2 1.